R.A.F Matlaske, 1940-1945 A Brief History, by Janine Harrington
Booklet published by the author in 2012, 50 pages. A5 size booklet (N6666)
Royal Air Force Matlaske was a Royal Air Force station situated near to the village of Matlaske in Norfolk, and although there was an airfield already at the site prior to the war, it was requistioned by the RAF in August 1939 to be used as a satellite airfield of RAF Coltishall, becoming operational in 1940. The airfield closed in 1945, and this booklet provides a fascinating brief history of the airfield and its operational use during that time. Sections include:
RAF Matlaske - A Brief History
No. 137 Squadron Whirlwind
No. 56 Squadron
Matlaske Squadrons and other units
RAF No. 222 Squadron
No. 453 (RAAF) Squadron
The American Involvement
Aircraft crashes and accidents
From the introduction: It was as a schoolboy at the start of the war that Len Bartram first began making notes of new happenings around him, intrigued by what it might mean, and the sudden secrecy surrounding fields where he played. When his father became a Night Watchman and he gained a bicycle, it gave Len the ideal opportunity to play 'super sleuth', travelling beyond what he could see, cycling up hill and down dale, charting changes appearing almost on a daily basis, making friends with men and women in blue uniform who began to inhabit newly erected buildings on fields near his home. He watched in awe as aircraft came and went. Roads were closed off. People with strange accents became a part of the everyday scene. In later years, he home produced a series of booklets starting to cover a brief history of Norfolk airfields using maps charted as a boy and information shared by personnel serving in these Squadrons....
Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.